DOH-Bay Farmers' Market Expands
April 19, 2019
Panama City, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Bay County’s WIC program is reopening the Farmers’ Market at DOH-Bay for the 2019 season. This market will provide easy access to healthy foods for the community, WIC clients, DOH-Bay clients, and DOH-Bay employees. The Farmers’ Market is open to everyone!
“After Hurricane Michael we know that food desert areas are at an even great need for access to fresh produce.”, said Holly Holt RN, BSN, MSM, Interim Health Officer for DOH-Bay. “We are glad to be able to expand the days for the market to now include Friday. The hours of operation are also increased for this year.”
The Farmers’ Market will be in the front parking lot of DOH-Bay. The address is 597 W. 11th ST, Panama City. The market started in April. It will operate Monday through Friday from 8 am - Noon, weather permitting. The market will accept WIC and Seniors Farmers’ Market Coupons as well as cash. Debit/Credit and SNAP will be accepted based on availability.
What: Farmers’ Market
When: Monday – Friday from 8 am - Noon
Where: DOH-Bay front parking lot, 597 W. 11th ST, Panama City
Eating healthy foods can reduce the risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and several types of cancer. Expanding the availability of nutritious and affordable food is an evidenced-based practice for healthy weight. Farmer’s markets can increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Increasing access to healthy foods also decreases health inequities.
The market is part of our Community Health Improvement Plan goal of increasing healthy food options in areas where they are limited. You can be part of the 2019 Community Health Assessment, CHA, and Improvement Plan. DOH-Bay’s next CHA meeting will be on Wednesday, May 8 from 8:30 – 10:30 am at DOH-Bay in the auditorium. Come and learn how you can help improve the health of Bay County and then shop at the Farmers’ Market.
WIC or Women, Infants, and Children is a special supplemental nutrition program. The program provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support. Services are for pregnant and postpartum women and infants and children up to age five. To learn more or to apply for WIC, visit Bay.FLHealth.gov and click on Programs & Services, Clinical and Nutrition Services, and then WIC. You can also call the office directly at 850-872-4666. For breastfeeding support for WIC or non-WIC clients contact the breastfeeding hotline at 850-747-5775.
About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.